Thule Roof Rack fit kit question

Discussion in 'Gen 3 Prius Main Forum' started by willrob, May 3, 2012.

  1. willrob

    willrob Junior Member

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    I have a Thule roof rack with bike carriers that I used on my 1995 Subaru. Originally I bought it for a Nissan Sentra. When I moved to the Subaru, I only needed to buy a new fit kit to adapt the feet to the new roof line.

    Now I have a Prius 2012 and according to Thule's website, I need new feet (#480) and a new foot kit (#1566). I can keep my bars.

    In another thread here, someone mentioned that older Thule racks can be adapted using a #2124 fit kit, without the need to get new feet.

    Thule and most of its dealers want to sell a complete system, including bars, for over $300. Option one above, new feet and kit, would run $261; while just the 2124 kit would be $85.

    Anyone have first hand experience with adapting older systems?
     
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    I know this is an old thread, but we just bought a 2009 Prius. I have a Thule XTR system we used on our '97 Honda. I'm trying to avoid buying a whole new system being over $420. Does anyone have recommendations on safely adapting or if the 480R system would work on this year.
     
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    GABaker, Thule 480R would work on the Prius, as long as you have the correct fit kit - Thule 1533, from what I remember. It should work even with the glass roof, since no part of the rack would touch any glass surfaces.
     
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    Thank you for your reply. After a lot of digging, I was able to locate a Fitkit 2142 which, from previous Priuschat threads, sounds like it will work. Very glad we don't have to waste the investment we already made in the Thule rack. Thanks again.
     
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